Y7 – 11 Overview

Y7 – 11 Overview

  • Key Stage 3 -

    At Dinnington High School, as in all our Trust schools, students follow a two year key stage three in Y7 and Y8 that is developing a range of skills and knowledge that they will find useful when the continue into the upper school. They follow a broad and aspirational curriculum. It is intended to engage them in their learning, and give them a breadth of experience. Near the end of Y8 they choose their options.

    The Y7 Curriculum currently is:

    English (5)* Maths (4) Science (4) History (2) Geography (2) Spanish or French (2) Art (1) Performing Arts including music (1) PE (2) Technology inc. Food (1) ICT & Computing (1) Life (1)

    *Accelerated Reader programme within English

    The Y8 Curriculum currently is:

    English (4) Maths (4) Science (4) History (2) French or Spanish (3) Geography (2) Art (1) Performing Arts (1) PE (1) Technology (1) ICT (1) Life & Food (1) RE (1)


    There will be some changes to this curriculum from September 2022 to broaden the curriculum even further .

  • Key Stage 4 +

    All students follow the core of English, maths, science, core PE and Life lessons. Of these students will get two English GCSEs (English language and English literature), one maths GCSE and at least two science GCSEs (students in the highest sets will take three separate GCSEs in biology, chemistry, physics). Core PE and Life lessons do not lead to qualifications.

    Students also follow four option subjects, at least one of which must be chosen from history, geography, French or Spanish. If students stay on track with their core options, they will take all subjects until the end of Y11. If they are behind in their core options, we will talk to them about giving up one of their options in Y11 for extra lessons in English or maths.

    English (5) Maths (5) Science (5) Option 1 (2) Option 2 (2) Option 3 (2) Option 4 (2) Life (1) PE (1) 

    In 2018, our options subjects include:

    Art, business, childcare, engineering, French, geography, health and social care, history, ICT, media, performing arts, photography, sociology, Spanish, sport, design technology

    There will be some changes to the Y9 curriculum from September 2021 to provide some extension to the KS3 curriculum to provide even greater breadth and challenge while still enabling students to begin their exam courses. [More details to follow.]

Key Stage 4 Options Guide


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